Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the only Republican in Congress who publicly said last year President Donald Trump needed to be impeached from office.
Now, the Never Trump congressman who quit the Republican Party earlier last year has launched an exploratory committee for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination after recently teasing a possible bid for the White House.
“Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people,” Amash wrote in a tweet Tuesday evening.
“We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president,” he added.
We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 29, 2020
Libertarian Party officials will meet May 2 to reschedule their national convention, which was originally slated to take place in Austin, Texas, on May 21-25, but was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Declared Libertarian Party presidential candidates include IT-businessman John McAfee and former California Superior Court Judge James Gray, Breitbart reports.
Third-party candidates have the potential to act as spoilers in close contests, so maybe Amash’s goal is to steal votes from Trump.
Beyond that, the Never-Trump lawmaker seems to have been thinking about making this move for quite some time.
Earlier this month, Amash took to Twitter and teased that he is considering running against Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Last summer, Amash quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Around the same time, Amash wrote an op-ed announcing that he had left the Republican Party, called on other Republican lawmakers to follow him out the door, and officially became an Independent.
“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us,” Amash wrote.
He added: “I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
Amash does not actually mention Trump by name in the piece, but he implies on numerous occasions that the president has ruined government, is to blame for partisan politics, and is on the verge of destroying our democracy.
Amash basically blamed Trump for everything.
The Never-Trumper lawmaker went on to argue that Congress has become nothing more than a congressional body that takes orders from Trump.
“With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars,” he argued.
He added: “These strategies fuel mistrust and anger, leading millions of people to take to social media to express contempt for their political opponents, with the media magnifying the most extreme voices.”
Again, that is simply not true.
If all Congress did was take orders from Trump, the entire wall would be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump also wouldn’t be locked in battles with Democrats over passing coronavirus relief bills to provide more financial support to Americans.
Trump has had to fight tooth and nail to get Congress to agree on just about everything.